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Garda probe of fire-gutted premises gets underway today

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Date Published: 14-Mar-2011

By Dara Bradley

Galway Gardaí will later today (Tuesday) commence a technical examination of the scene of Saturday’s massive fire in the Riverside Commercial Estate on the Tuam Road – the examination was delayed because the businesses that were ravaged by the blaze were unsafe to enter.

A spokesperson for Galway Garda Station said last evening that nothing was being ruled in or out in relation to the likely cause of the inferno until the results of the technical examination are known on Tuesday evening.

Four businesses – Galway Liquidation Centre, Westlink Car Sales, Black Dragon Kickboxing gym and the Celtic Futon Store – were all gutted in the fire, which took hold shortly after 7pm on Saturday.

These four buildings were totally destroyed by the blaze, which took over eight hours to bring under control, but the fire services managed to contain the damage and saved four other businesses including Cunniffe Electrical, Cases Wine warehouse, Tommy Varden’s Catering Equipment and Cara Office Supplies which all escaped with varying degrees of smoke damage.

It is estimated that millions of Euro worth of damage was caused to stock and structures – 33 cars in Westlink Car Sales worth €500,000 were destroyed by the fire alone.

A large plume of smoke could be seen within a radius of 20 miles on Saturday. It is believed the fire started in either Galway Liquidation Centre or Westlink Car Sales and then spread to adjoining businesses.

A total of 28 fire-fighters and six fire brigades – two from Galway City, and one each from Tuam, Ennis, Athenry and Loughrea – fought the blaze. Two high-raised hydraulic platforms were also used. Several crews in other parts of the county and beyond were put on standby.

Read more in this week’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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